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LECTURE: Remote Sensing and Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa.

Robert Bewley, University of Oxford



4pm, 2nd November 2017, BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum

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PEF Lecture Poster 2nd November 2017. pdf

Stone enclosures at Khaybar%2C Saudi Arabia

Photo: Stone Enclosures at Khaybar, Saudi Arabia. Courtesy of Robert Bewley /CNES/Airbus

The Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project is discovering, documenting and assessing threats to archaeological sites using satellite imagery and aerial photographs. The paper will present the approach, results and future strategies for the project.
The major threats to these archaeological sites are agricultural activities, road and dam building, conflict zones, looting and the huge increase in village, town and urban expansion, as a result of the quickly rising populations.  The EAMENA project is creating an initial basic record and an assessment of the threats to sites, for use by heritage professionals in each of the 20 countries, from Mauritania to Iran. An open-access web-based database has been designed to allow basic information about each site to be easily accessible for anyone interested in preserving archaeological sites in the region.  This is now available to view online
Funded by the Arcadia Fund (
since 2015, the project has recently been awarded an additional grant from the Cultural Protection Fund to train heritage professionals in the EAMENA methodology is six of the EAMENA countries, so that the work can be continued at a local level.

After receiving his PhD from Cambridge University in 1984, Bob Bewley has worked for English Heritage and the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England becoming English Heritage’s Regional Director for the South-West in 2004. From 2007 to 2014 he was Director of Operations for the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Since 2015, Bob has directed the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa Project (EAMENA), based at the University of Oxford in partnership with Leicester and Durham.
In addition, he is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL; and Honorary Lecturer at University of Western Australia, Perth, a Trustee for the Mary Rose Trust in Portsmouth, a Board Member of the National Museum of the Royal Navy Operations Board, and a Trustee for Cotswold Archaeology.
He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a member of the Chartered Institute of Field Archaeologists; the European Association of Archaeologists; American School of Oriental Research and the World Archaeology Congress. Bob has been Vice-President of the Prehistoric Society and an External examiner for both Bristol University’s M.A in Landscape Archaeology and for Oxford University Department of Cultural Education MSc in professional archaeology.  He is Chairman of the NERC’s Airborne and Remote Sensing facility Committee, and a member of Scientific Editorial Board for Archeologia Aerea. Bob holds Private Pilot’s Licences in the UK and Jordan.
During his career he has worked in over a dozen countries in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
His research interests include Landscape Archaeology, Aerial Archaeology and the understanding, conservation and presentation of the cultural heritage. Since 1998 he has been Co-Director, with Professor David Kennedy, of the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan Project (see
Bob has written over 50 journal and periodical articles, and has written or edited several books, including Ancient Jordan from the Air.  (with D. Kennedy) 2004.  CBRL.
Books in progress are: Aerial Archaeology in Britain and Europe; Landscapes of the Lake District.

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